CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[Executive Session Charter Amendment Chances Dim - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley Aug. 26 vetoed a proposed amendment to the city’s charter that would allow Cincinnati City Council to meet in executive session about specific topics.

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<![CDATA[Kentucky County Clerk Still Refusing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses - ]]>

The county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky who has refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land earlier this summer is still refusing to do so, citing her religious beliefs.

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<![CDATA[Council Battles over Charter Amendments - ]]>

During a contentious city council meeting on Aug. 24, Cincinnati City Council moved along one proposal for amending the city’s governing charter, putting it on the November ballot for voters to approve. But questions remain about whether four other proposals will also find their way to the ballot.

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<![CDATA[CPS Ends First-Come, First-Served Magnet-School Enrollment - ]]>

A long-held tradition for Cincinnati parents is over, at least for now, as Cincinnati Public Schools has suspended its policy of first-come, first-served enrollment for the district’s in-demand magnet schools.

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<![CDATA[Koch Bros. Group Targets Strickland in Ohio’s U.S. Senate Race - ]]>

A group funded by billionaire conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch has jumped into Ohio’s 2016 U.S. Senate race with a series of new ads bashing Democratic candidate and former Ohio governor Ted Strickland.

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit: VA Skimped on Overtime - ]]>

Nurses at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country, including one from Cincinnati’s facility, are suing the federal government, alleging the VA coerced them into working unpaid overtime monitoring an electronic health system.

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<![CDATA[School District Stands Behind Officer Who Cuffed Students - ]]>

Covington Independent School District is standing behind Kenton County Sheriff’s Deputy and School Resource Officer Kevin Sumner after footage from last fall recently emerged showing Sumner handcuffing an 8-year-old boy to a chair.

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<![CDATA[City Agrees to Settlement in ‘Bones’ Lawsuit - ]]>

The city of Cincinnati July 30 released the details of its settlement with the estate of David “Bones” Hebert over the Northside musician’s controversial 2011 police shooting death.

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<![CDATA[Task Force Suggests Reducing Mayoral Power - ]]>

A task force charged with suggesting amendments to Cincinnati’s charter has floated two ideas that could strip the city’s mayor of major powers, and Mayor John Cranley isn’t happy about it.  

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<![CDATA[ADA Anniversary Rally Highlights Struggle for Disabled - ]]>

Cincinnatians marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a pride march July 27 designed to underscore the many issues that disabled Cincinnatians still face.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutor Declines to Release DuBose Shooting Footage - ]]>

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has declined to release police body cam footage showing events that led up to the death of Samuel DuBose.

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<![CDATA[City Desk July 22-28 - ]]> ResponsibleOhio, the $20-million campaign to legalize marijuana, learned on July 20 that its petition fell nearly 30,000 signatures short of putting a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot Nov. 3.     

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<![CDATA[City Desk June 24-30 - ]]> The Cincinnati Police Department on June 19 lost its first officer in the line of duty since 2000. Cincinnati police officer Sonny Kim, 48, was shot and killed by a gunman in Madisonville as he responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun acting erratically.

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<![CDATA[City Desk June 10-16 - ]]> The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority on June 5 released the dollar amounts for the two lowest bids for the first 10 years of streetcar operations. One bid is under the city’s budget, while the other is not.

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<![CDATA[Questions Swirl Around Resignation Papers for Police Chief; City Makes Deal for Wasson Way Bike Trail Land - ]]> The city of Cincinnati recently drew up resignation documents for Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, according to a May 29 report by the Cincinnati Business Courier. That revelation has led to speculation over whether Blackwell was on the verge of being dismissed from his position, though city officials say that isn’t the case.

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<![CDATA[OTR Parking Plan Sparks Mayoral Veto, Debate About Residential Permits - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley on May 6 vetoed a plan passed by Democrats on City Council that would have converted 400 to 450 of the neighborhood’s 1,200 spots into permitted parking for residents. The plan would have charged residents $108 a year for a parking pass.

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<![CDATA[Developers Announce Hotel Coming to The Banks - ]]>

A seven-story hotel by Marriott is coming to riverfront development The Banks, the lead development group for the project announced May 11.

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<![CDATA[Music Hall Renovation Funding Gets $12 Million Boost - ]]>

Music Hall is one step closer to a major renovation after receiving big gifts from local philanthropists announced May 1.

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<![CDATA[Study: Hamilton County in Bottom Quarter for Income Mobility - ]]>

Hamilton County is worse than roughly 75 percent of counties in the United States when it comes to income mobility.

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<![CDATA[Council Debates Parking Plan, Streetcar’s Effect on Festivals - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council on April 22 again discussed proposed Over-the-Rhine parking plans, which have been bandied back and forth for months.

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